Discussing Your Education And Training (Int)

Summary

Students will practice how to discuss their education and training qualifications in an interview situation.
Student Level: 
Intermediate
Unit Group: 
General Business - Interviews

Warm Up (5 mins)

Did you attend University or do any kind of specialized training?

How would you describe "university life" in Japan?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. What is the purpose of "Freshers Week" at Edinburgh University?

2. What facilities does the Edinburgh Student Union provide?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Summarize your own educational background using the article as a guide.

Grammar (5 mins)

Past Continuous vs Simple Past

We use "past continuous" to describe an action that was in progress at a point in the past.

We use "simple past" to describe a completed action.

Question

Answer

What were you studying when you decided to apply to this company?

I was studying chemical engineering when I applied.

What did you study in 2006?

I studied chemical engineering.

Where were you living when you started the course?

I was living in Tokyo at that time.

Where did you do your internship?

I did my internship at X-Tel incorporated.

choose work participate study think

Use the correct form of the verbs above to complete the following sentences.

a) After I completed my course I ____________ to specialize in the field of microbiology.

b) While I was ___________ for the company, I had a chance to pick up many new skills.

c) I was ___________ about which job vacancy to apply for when the phone rang.

d) At University I ____________ in many club activities.

e) I was ______________ as a post-graduate student when I met my future boss.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Similar to "certificate"Similar to "seminar"
diploma conference meeting degree
presentation license accreditation convention
workshop forum qualification credentials

Match the 12 words above to the headings.

Are they similar in meaning to "certificate" or to "seminar".

Try to make original sentences using SOME of the words above.

e.g. Next July my company will send me to a workshop in San Francisco to discuss network systems.

Role Play (15 mins)

CharactersDialogue
Daniel:OK, Megumi so next today, I would like to ask you about your educational background. How do you think it prepared you for this job?
Megumi:Well, during my undergraduate studies I had an opportunity to learn from several experts in the field. I also got practical experience with many state-of-the-art techniques.
Daniel:I see. Anything else.
Megumi:I should also mention that while I was studying for my post-graduate diploma I had a chance to assist Professor Johnstone at KIT University on his project.
Daniel:Oh yes, I've read about that. Wasn't he nominated for some academic awards?
Megumi:Yes he was. I'm proud to have helped his work.
Daniel:Fantastic. How have you been maintaining your professional skills since you graduated?
Megumi:Last year I attended a conference along with about one hundred other professionals in Miami, Florida. It was an incredible seminar and I learned a lot about cutting edge techniques in our industry.
Daniel:Did your previous employer pay for that trip?
Megumi:They paid for my course and I paid for the travel expenses.
Daniel:I see. Sounds like you are very serious about your professional development.
Megumi:Thank you.

Do the role play again.

Imagine you are talking with an interviewer about your educational and training background.

Extension Activity

What kind of qualifications are very popular for employers in Japan?

Do you think it is an advantage or disadvantage to graduate from a foreign university?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !